Oh, man, the Falaise Gap. Again? Do I have to?
I admit that I found it surprising, but in no way intriguing, that Rohmer used "Falaise Gap" instead of "Patton's Gap". You know he wanted to.
About Patton's Gap – the book, not the space between two consecutive elements proceeding on the same route – in Rommel and Patton Rohmer writes:
By the time I had finished I had discovered several very important pieces of evidence suggesting that there had indeed been a secret armistice attempt.Had he? Had he, really?
Rohmer's discoveries consist of an unsupportive half-sentence pulled from Allan Dulles' 1947 New York Times bestseller and an old Time article that Rohmer himself acknowledges is inaccurate and unreliable. He tries to shore these up with quotes from Udo Esch and Adolf Hitler. From whence come they? Rohmer won't tell you, but I will. Both are lifted translations made of original documents found in Anthony Cave Brown’s The Bodyguard of Lies (1975).
In short, Rohmer discovered nothing. What he should have written is:
By the time I had finished I had read several previously published, highly accessible writings that led me to believe there had indeed been a secret armistice attempt.This brings to mind the “four unusual research ‘accidents’ that allowed" Patton’s Gap to be written:
- Rohmer discovers the 430 Squadron log book. Because it's on display.
- Rohmer asks the widow of a squadron member whether she might have copies of two photographs. She does.
- Rohmer reads Dirk Bogard’s Snakes and Ladders and learns that the actor was likely the man who interpreted his photographs. Bogard agrees.
- Rohmer tells the Director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Historical Research Foundation that he is researching a book. The director shares some old notes.
Naturally he [Patton] would seize the opportunity to speak to these young boys, pump them up.